Video: Supercomputing the Faint Young Sun Paradox

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In this video, University of Colorado Boulder doctoral student Eric Wolf describes how the Janus supercomputer runs climate simulations that help him study why the early earth was warm despite the Sun being much less luminous than it is today. This quandary is known as the Faint Young Sun Paradox.

As one of the first container-based supercomputers in academia, the Janus supercomputer comprises 1368 compute nodes, each containing 12 cores, for a total 16,416 available cores.

In this video, NCAR’s Henry Tufo how Janus went from concept to deployment in record time. The presentation was recorded as part of the Dell Panel on Power & Cooling at the HPC User Forum in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2011.